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UN-Habitat presented its work on disaster risk reduction

During the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in Bangkok from 22 through 26 June 2014, UN-Habitat held the following special sessions:

UN-Habitat leads discussion on Urban Resilience

UN-Habitat jointly with UNISDR and supported by Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, and UNDP, organized Special Session on Urban Resilience during the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The Session identified key messages to be taken forward to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015. The session was moderated by Ms. Anna Brown, Senior Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, while panelist were Mr. Yukimoto Ito, Deputy Mayor of Sendai, Ms. Bernardia Irawati Tjandradewi, Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments – Asia-Pacific, Dr. Richard Friend, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition Rockerfeller Foundation/ACCCRN network, and Dr. Bharat Dahiya, Visiting Research Fellow, Chulalongkorn University.

UN-Habitat presents work on Safer Settlements in Myanmar

Since engagement on shelter recovery and reconstruction after the Cyclone Nargis, UN-Habitat is promoting safer construction practices through developing various guidelines and trainings of artisans jointly with the Ministry of Construction, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Myanmar Engineering Society, UN agencies, INGOs and LNGOs.

Capitalizing the opportunity to address safer settlements as part of development interventions under the broader reform process initiated by the New Government in 2011, UN-Habitat with partners is currently working on formulation of Myanmar National Building Code through Myanmar Engineering Society under the overall guidance of Ministry of Construction.

Those initiatives were presented at the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction during the Session “Promoting and Institutionalizing Safer Settlements in Myanmar”.

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